Ex-Minister Supa Mandiwanzira trial date set

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By Mary Taruvinga

FORMER Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Supa Mandiwanzira will finally stand trial this December following his arrest early last month on criminal abuse of office charges.

Mandiwanzira is accused of favouring Megawatt, a company he had interests in, with a consultancy contract without following tender procedures.

His trial is expected to commence on December 10 in the special anti-corruption court.

Witnesses lined up to testify against him include, former NetOne CEOs, Reward Kangai and Brian Mutandiro.

Mandiwanzira is facing two criminal abuse of office charges.

Despite ordering NetOne to pay $5 million to Megawatt, Mandiwanzira also allegedly seconded one, Tawanda Chinembiri to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority board.

Prosecutors allege Chinembiri was his personal assistant and that his actions allegedly led to the loss of $35 000 by POTRAZ through allowances he drew.

Mandiwanzira is the fifth minister to be arrested after Ignatius Chombo, Samuel Undenge, Walter Mzembi and Walter Chidhakwa as the net closes on ex-ministers known to be loyal to the former President Robert Mugabe.

The other embattled ministers are currently on trial for different offences.

Undenge was slapped with a four year jail term for criminal abuse of office charges and is currently on trial for a similar offence in which he is accused of favouring a businessman, Wicknell Chivayo with a $5 million solar project deal without going to tender.

Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the state.